Sandy Hits Hard 38 US Dead 7.5 Million No Power Floods Fires
Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, battered the nation’s eastern seaboard on Tuesday, swamping New York City streets with record levels of floodwater, blacking out power to millions of people and bringing transportation to a halt through much of the region.
Sandy also claimed at least 16 lives across the United States, bringing the total number of deaths to at least 84 after the storm wreaked havoc in the Caribbean. The hurricane also leaves 145,000 the Canadian province of Ontario without power, one dead, and it’s not over.
President Obama declared a federal disaster area in New York City, Long Island and eight counties in New Jersey this morning. The declaration makes federal funding available to people in the area. The affected New Jersey counties are Atlantic, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union.
The destruction caused by super-storm Sandy mounted Tuesday morning as electrical fires and record power outages added to the misery of epic flooding already plaguing the Northeast.
Early Tuesday, more than 7 million customers shivered in the dark in at least 10 states and the District of Columbia. The latest include: New York: 1.8 million; New Jersey: 2.3 million; Massachusetts: 322,000; Pennsylvania: 1.2 million; Connecticut: 619,000; Delaware: 72,000; Washington, D.C.: 24,000; Maryland: 195,000; Rhode Island: 117,000; New Hampshire: 234,000; Maine: 83,000
New York City – The storm surge in areas of NYC, exceeding 13 feet of water, and was much higher than expected. Flood waters rushed into the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel and seeped into the tubes connecting Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn with hundreds of thousands are without power including 17,000 in the Bronx, 19,000 in Brooklyn, 250,000 in Manhattan, 35,000 in Queens and 38,000 in Staten Island. Con Ed shut off power pre-emptively to residents in Brighton Beach and in lower Manhattan.
A do-not-drink water order has been issued for residents in Long Beach and Mill Neck Estates in Nassau County of Long Island, and New York City’s 1.1 million-pupil school system, the largest in the nation, will be closed Monday and Tuesday.
New Jersey – A levee break in Moonachie, New Jersey, sent authorities scrambling in boats to rescue trapped residents in several towns. Residents of a trailer park were on the roofs of their trailers awaiting a rescue, officials said.
Hundreds of people are being evacuated early on Tuesday from Moonachie, N.J., after a levee burst in the Bergen County town, according to published reports. No one had been reported killed or injured. People are being evacuated by boat and by high-water vehicles.
Moonachie, a town of about 2,700 residents, lies along the Hackensack River.
One disaster forecasting company predicted economic losses could ultimately reach $20 billion, only half insured.
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